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 New Hanover 2   Southern Wayne 1

The New Hanover baseball is winning games in different ways to start the year after the Wildcats were able to pull out 2-1 victory at Southern Wayne on Thursday.

Following a 17-hit performance the day prior, New Hanover used a strong effort in the field and on the mound to pick up the road win. Caleb Bishop threw a complete game, allowing just one run over seven innings.

The Wildcats scored two runs in their first at-bat thanks to an RBI double by Blake Walston. Walston finished 1-for-2 as the early cushion was enough for the left-handed Bishop, who let up just one earned run.

 South Brunswick  11   East Columbus 8

Hoggard 13  South View 1

Topsail 11   Jacksonville 10

Topsail gave Jacksonville a nine spot before rallying to tie the game as Tyler Ording scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh to pull out an 11-10 triumph in Onslow County.

Josh Madole. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.
Josh Madole. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.

The Cardinals plated three in the first on a pair of Topsail miscues and  Efrain Cruz-Torres capped a six-run second with a two RBI double to put Jacksonville in the driver’s seat.

Jacksonville carried a 9-0 lead after three innings of play when Sam Hall smacked a solo home run to give Topsail some confidence at the plate.

In the fifth, Ording doubled home Cam Kimrey and Hall picked up another run batted in with a single to cut the deficit, 9-3. After a pitching change, Josh Madole smacked an RBI base hit to close a three-run inning. The three, four, five hitters went a combined 8-for-12 at the plate, with seven RBI’s.

After Jacksonville got one back in the bottom of the frame, Topsail sent 12 hitters to the dish to draw even in the sixth. Hall had a two-run double in the inning and Madole also hit a run scoring base knock.

Johnny Tartaglione recorded the victory on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief. Ording and Hall also had three runs scored, while Kimrey scored twice in the nine-slot.

Topsail        000  136  1    11  9  4

Jacksonville 360 010  0  10  9  1

West Brunswick 6   South Columbus 1

Hunter Ashburn went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI as West Brunswick defeated South Columbus 6-1 on Thursday.

Tristan Lewis and Austin Turner also added two hits apiece, while Lewis, Tyler Stanley, Tyler McDuffie and Jonathan Carlyle each crossed the plate. The Trojans carried a 3-1 edge until scoring three more in the fifth to put the game in check.

Kevin Powers allowed just one run-none earned-on four hits with three strikeouts in a complete game effort.

 W. Brunswick  201 030 000  6 10 3

S. Columbus     100 000 000  1  4  1


South Columbus 3    West Brunswick 2

South Columbus took advantage off three West Brunswick errors and used just two hits to grab a 3-2 victory over the Trojans on Thursday.

Anna Suggs picked up the win on the stripe with an impressive effort as West Brunswick finished with seven hits. Cierra Watts led the way for the Trojans. She went 2-for-3 with an extra base hit.

Myah Morse fell to 1-2 in the circle and West Brunswick dropped to 2-2 overall. They continue their non-conference schedule at North Brunswick on Friday.

Ashley 8   Hoggard 7

Trailing by six and down to their final three outs, Ashley rallied to pull off the unthinkable 8-7 come from behind victory against Hoggard on Thursday.

Mallory Brooks launched a two-run shot in the second as Hoggard jumped out to an early lead. With the Vikings up 3-1, they missed an opportunity to add to their cushion after leaving the bases load in the fourth.

After Ashley left a pair of runners stranded in the top of the first, Nia Green drove in Olivia Hawkins to put the Vikings on the board. Brooks smacked the round tripper down the left line for a three run advantage before the Screaming Eagles scratched one across in the top of the third.

Breanna Anderson shined some leather in the outfield later in the game to maintain the lead and Hoggard broke open the game with four runs in the fifth. However, Ashley used its final at-bat to grab an important early season divisional win.

The Screaming Eagles (2-0, 2-3) have been no strangers to the comeback. They nearly used a seventh inning spurt on Wednesday in a 4-3 setback to Lumberton. Ashley was down four going into the final frame.



Myrtle Beach 1   Hoggard 0 

Cape Fear Academy 7    Village Christian 0

 Cape Fear Academy opened its 2016 slate with a dominating 7-0 result over Village Christian.

Libby Moore tallied four goals and recorded a hat trick in opening 12 minutes of the first half. Annie Kane, Anna White and Carter Broderick also found the back of the net.


New Hanover 8   West Brunswick 1 

Laney 6    Cape Fear Academy 3

Singles: No. 1 Zach Taffer (L) def. Robert Schuett (CFA) 6-2. 7-5; No. 2  Caspain Goudarzi (CFA) def. Tim Daley (L) 6-6 (7-2), 6-2 10-8; No. 3 Jalen Moore (L) def.  Landen Scharf (CFA) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 (10-8) No. 4 J.R. Johnston (CFA) def. Luke Durham (L) 6-2, 6-1 ; No. 5 Thomas Pirkey (L) def. Qwaid Sutherland(CFA) 6-0 7-5; No. 6 Brandon McNeill (L) def. Anders Ljung (CFA)6-2 7-6 (7-4)

Doubles: No. 1 Taffer/McNeill (L) def. Schuett/Goudarzi (CFA) 8-5; No. 2 Evan Das/Scharf (CFA) def.   No. 3 Pirkey/Daley (L) def. Johnston/Sutherland (CFA) 82

Ashley 5   South Brunswick 4

Hoggard 7, Topsail 2

The Vikings (3-2) won their second consecutive match, sweeping singles and picking up a victory at No. 2 doubles. Eddie Janosko didn’t drop a game at No. 2 singles, and Miles Hirchak and Tim Dixon each won 6-0, 6-1 at 3 and 4, respectively.
Singles: No. 1 Dom Scialabba (H) def. Hudson Smith 6-0, 7-5; 2. Eddie Janosko (H) def. Sam Garland 6-0, 6-0; 3. Miles Hirchak (H) def. Jason Loher 6-0, 6-1; 4. Tim Dixon (H) def. Mark Rogers 6-0, 6-1; 5. Jake Ferner (H) def. Austin LaPiana 6-1, 6-1, 6. Cadman Styers (H) def. Mike Tobin 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1 Smith/Garland (T) def. Styers/Yue Zhang 8-1; 2. Michael Silvers/Colby Styers (H) def. Loher/Rogers 8-6; 3. Tyler Smith/Noah Glester (T) def. Dylan Whaley/Aaron Lee 8-2.